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Weather Summary for Northern and Central NM
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
546 PM MST Wed Jan 18 2017

Instability associated with an upper level low pressure area
centered over northeast New Mexico produced mostly sunny to
partly cloudy skies over the region today with light to breezy
winds. A few rain showers and higher elevation snow showers
occurred mainly over central and southern parts of the state
and isolated thunderstorms occurred over the south to southeast.
Afternoon high temperatures today ranged from the mid 20s to
lower 40s over higher elevations to the mid 40s to lower 60s
over lower elevations.

The upper level low pressure area will be moving to the east
of New Mexico tonight and a transient upper level ridge of high
pressure will build in from the west. Improving conditions are
in store for this evening and tonight with precipitation ending
during the evening hours and skies becoming mostly clear tonight.
Areas of patchy fog will develop during the early morning hours
on Thursday. Overnight low temperatures tonight will range from
the teens to mid 20s over north central areas and over the west
and over the Raton and Estancia valleys to the mid 20s to mid 30s
over the far southwest and along the middle to lower Rio Grande
river valley and over the eastern plains.

Look for patchy fog to dissipate by around mid morning Thursday
with skies becoming mostly sunny to partly cloudy. Expect breezy
to windy conditions on Thursday across the central mountains and
highlands to the eastern plains. The transient upper level ridge
of high pressure will move east over the state on Thursday as the
next storm system approaches from the west. With this next system,
isolated rain showers and higher elevation snow showers will be
possible over the far west and over the northwest mountains late
thursday morning then spread eastward into central areas of the
state by Thursday evening and Thursday night. Snowfall amounts
through Thursday night will range from two to three inches over
the highest peaks over the west to lesser amounts at lower elevations.
Daytime high temperatures on Thursday will be warmer ranging from
the 30s to mid 40s over higher terrain to the mid 40s to mid 60s
over lower terrain.


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